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يشرح هذا الكتاب من سلسلة «مقدمة قصيرة جدًّا» كل ما تحتاج إلى معرفته عن الاتحاد الأوروبي بلغة بسيطة وسلسة، ويستعرض التغييرات التي طرأت مع معاهدة لشبونة، والأزمة المالية في الاتحاد الأوروبي، والوضع الحالي لعملة اليورو. يتناول المؤلفان في هذا العمل مجموعة متنوعة من الموضوعات من التاريخ المبكر للاتحاد الأوروبي وآليات عمل مؤسساته، حتى الدور الذي يلعبه في الشئون الدولية، ويلقيان ...more
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Published 2015 by مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة (first published 2001)
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Chrissie
I am reviewing the third edition of this work. It carries through to the changes implemented up to the year 2013. Clearly further editions will be necessary-- a fourth edition has already come into print but is not available in audio format. Brexit is not covered.

Britain’s reluctance to fully support the European Union is shown to be by no means a new phenomenon. Their reluctance has been visible from the very start. Understanding how it has come to be that Britain will be leaving the Union is s
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Diane S ☔
Thoughts soon.
Sher
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the 2018 edition of the book, and overall, I found it very informative about the EU- how it started, through its evolution, and the EU's goals and impact today. We also get sone analysis about the relationship of the US to the EU. But, we also get a helpful view into Brexit, and some of the very real dangers ahead for the EU- questions about its survival.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #36), John Pinder

Over the past few decades, the European Union has seen many great changes. Negotiations for the accession of six new states have begun, and membership, which already covers almost all of Western Europe, will soon extend to most of Central and Eastern Europe. The Union's institutions have been reformed, and its powers may soon reach beyond the economy and the environment into the fields of foreign policy and
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Bojan Tunguz
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
European Union is one of the most ambitious and expansive political projects in history. Its ultimate goal, it is now quite clear, is the unification of almost all of Europe into a single political entity. The project has grown from its rather modest origins from a purely economic organization into what is now one of the most important political and economic unions in the World. However, both the path to this point and the future ahead are beset by numerous challenges.

I’ve been eying this short
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Jack Munn
2013 edition.

A bizarre little book that spends too much time trying to convince the reader that European Federalism is the inevitable future and that intergovernmentalism is a weakness. It overtly advocates further integration, abandoning unanimous voting (to expedite legislation so nations can be overruled), Europe as a superstate of 'soft power', and both geographical and policy expansion. The entirety of the argument appears to rest on the idea that Europe, as compared to individual nations,
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Doroti
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not very often that one can come across such a read on the EU. Yes, it has the facts side of a textbook but it also has this nice narrative line where different member states' interests are explained and the way they led to certain important EU decisions on many tangible topics, e.g. why France wanted the euro, why Germany could not afford to oppose it despite the stability of the Deutschmark. And as much as i find this natural when talking about events that happened back then an the dawn ...more
C M
I am a bit fan of Oxford University Press' very Short Introduction series, even if they are a bit hit or miss (with the vast majority being hit!). It makes sense that the European Union would be the subject of one of the VSI booklets. John Pinder wrote the first edition, while later editions have been co-written with Simon Usherwood. The third edition was published in 2013 and is fully revised to include the Lisbon Treaty. It gives concise overviews of the history, key institutions, main policy ...more
Fred Grün
I had never read any book on the EU before but this seemed to me to be a decent introduction to its history and functioning. I just felt slightly put off by the fairly dense style of the book at times: lots of topic-specific vocabulary, lots of treaties and details you can easily lose track of... That is certainly partly due to my own ignorance, but I wish it had been more of an easy read with perhaps less information but more simplicity and clarity.

The book is written from a pro-EU perspective
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Daniel Wright
Chapter 1: What the EU is for
Chapter 2: How the EU was made
Chapter 3: How the EU is governed
Chapter 4: Single market, single currency
Chapter 5: Agriculture, regions, budget: conflicts over who gets what
Chapter 6: Social policy, environmental policy
Chapter 7: 'An area of freedom, security and justice'
Chapter 8: A great civilian power... and more - or less?
Chapter 9: The EU and the rest of Europe
Chapter 10: The EU in the world
Chapter 11: Much accomplished... but what next?
Frank Stein
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've always been impressed by the Oxford "Very Short Introduction" series and this is no exception. This book provides a succinct and (fairly) clear outline of the history and structure of the European Union in just under 200 pages, which is all I wanted.

I was curious though, because despite all the snoozes occasioned by European Directives and "eurocrats," the European Union is engaged in the most radical restructuring of the nation-state in human history, and this book did nothing to dissuade
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M. Ashraf
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vsi
This was a very good VSI. the history of the European Union the different treaties and institutions that form the Union. I liked the parts about the common currency and the sort of prediction about the Brexit :) It is interesting to see what will happen in the next couple of years to the Union, the book keeps an optimistic view but it is an unpredictable world right now :)

The passage on Turkey was interesting too.

Union politicians have voiced a number of reasons for doubting whether Turkey sh
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Bianka
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very important book for the citizens of the EU to read, especially for high-school students i.e. first time voters. My only problem with the book was that it contained way too much data to process for an introductory read. But, the glossary at the end was a great help when reading about the many EU organizations and treaties.
The Artisan Geek
30/3/19
I have been trying to pick up some more non fiction the past few months, and seeing how there is so much political tumult within the European Union, I would love to know more about the foundations on which it was built as well just more general knowledge.

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Emma Dargue
Didn't enjoy this book at all. I thought it would be a simplified explanation of how the EU works. However in my opinion it's complicated the information it's trying to get across by blinding the reader with an incredible amount of jargon and specialised words which make it difficult to read. Will be trying other titles in this series as I am hoping that this is a case of me not jelling with a particular book.
Thomas Kouroughli
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good introduction to the complexities of the EU. This book manages to be concise whilst providing all the key information related to the EU's activities as well as touch on contentious issues regarding the EU, often seen in public discourse.
Grace
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Obviously outdated by Brexit, the first portion of the book detailing all the treaties is understandably dry, but from the 1970s it gets more interesting mainly because of UK exceptionalism, special treatment and wrangling, all of which provides a long tail for Brexit. So, this ended up being more interesting than I thought it would be.
Lujain Alloosh
Well . . . this book is not for people who, the only economics books they've read was "Economic for Dummies", nor is it an "introduction". I think I should just stop and pick up a light novel, I need one.
Gabriel Stein
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief but interesting

A very brief, but interesting and well written summary of the European Union. This book covers the history of the EU and its development in different spheres. For anyone who lacks the time to read more deeply, this is a good introduction.
Allan Aksiim
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sufficient (historical) overview of the European Union and its predecessor agreements in Europe. Sometimes too many acronyms and dry text but the density of information was better than empty fluff that is often in many (more American) books.
Nigel Bamber
Not a leisure read, but a good introductory reference book.
Jason
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The quality of the book is first rate, but I simply cannot rate a book so dull as this any higher.
Lisa
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book. Listened to it on audio.
Julia
Read for a class on the European Union and found it helpful but not interesting enough to finish on my own.
Mo
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction, fsot
This is the first book I've read in the Very Short Introductions series. I was expecting it to be something like the X For Dummies books, very simplified and basic, but it's actually not dumbed down at all, just compact. It gives a good overview of the history, structure, and role of the EU and has a very pro-EU bent. The information is no longer up-to-date given the book's publishing year and the prose uses a fair amount of jargon.
Kelsey van Dillen
Read this in Dutch as 'Elementaire Deeltjes 7 - Europese Unie'. It's a small book, compact and very informative. But, it has so many information in it I almost got a panic attack. The sentences are really difficult and long and I had to read them like five times before I almost understand them. The not so very short introduction of John Pinder, who seems way too smart to teach me about European Union.
Colin
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The EU is complicated, and what it is meant to do is not settled, and it seems to generate a frustrating amount of bureaucratic jargon. This book affirms these notions, and it has certainly helped me understand the EU, and why my the Britons I know feel so ambivalent about it. I can't help but feel that a new, post-2008 edition might change many of the discussions, and projections in here.
Sal
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The EU is a fascinating subject to study as well as to teach, but unfortunately Pinder and Usherwood's text leaves much to be desired. This is unfortunate given how strong the Oxford "Short Introduction" series is. The writing is dry and the two authors appear to be Euroskeptics. It unfortunately makes the book more of a chore than anything else.
Alejandro Shirvani
Concise but comprehensive, a good reference that brings together both the history of the development of the EU and different roles/responsibilities of the institutions. Also gives good insight in to the tensions at play between the member states and the general positions taken by the UK, France and Germany.
Titus Hjelm
This little book packs so much info into such a short form that it's a bit breathtaking at times. Good intro though, although already (and especially now in the midsts of the eurozone crisis) the 2007 edition feels dated.
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